Law change allows gays to adopt in Catalonia

31st March 2005, Comments 0 comments

31 March 2005, BARCELONA-The Catalan regional parliament has approved adoption of children by gay couples.

31 March 2005

BARCELONA-The Catalan regional parliament has approved adoption of children by gay couples.

This follows similar changes to the law in other parts of Spain, namely in Navarre, the Basque Country and Aragon.

Eighteen deputies in the Catalan regional assembly from various parties backed the change to family law, though five abstained and nine were against.

The move recognises the right in law for gay couples, as is the case in Holland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway, to recognise their right like heterosexual couples to adopt.

Until now it had been vetoed by law and led gay couples to undertake adoptions outside the law or with one partner adopting the child.

The Catalan counsellor for justice, Josep Maria Vallés, said the law change would protect the rights of the adopted children in the context of  “new families and new ways of living together.”

The change in law is to affect gay couples who want to adopt children in Catalonia, but with international adoptions couples will have to abide by the laws of the lands concerned.

Adoption of foreign children, particularly Chinese and Russian, is a popular move among Spaniards.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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